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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma

Office Hours

  • 8-10 a.m. Monday; 
  • 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday;
  • 10-11 a.m. Wednesday ;
  • Thursday - 10-11 a.m. Thursday; and, 
  • And by appointment.

Classes Taught

  • Orientation to Funeral Service
  • Funeral Home Management I
  • Funeral Home Management II
  • Psychology of Grief

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Funeral Director and Professional Embalmer, State of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Oklahoma State University, 2022
  • Master of Business Administration, Specialization in HR, Capella University, 2017
  • Bachelor of Science, Funeral Service, University of Central Oklahoma



Lucia Dickinson graduated from UCO's funeral service program and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2011. She has held many roles within the industry (apprentice, funeral director, and management positions over several funeral homes and one cemetery). She has been teaching at UCO since the fall of 2016 and is actively involved in the funeral department, including advising Sigma Phi Sigma and the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Dickinson finds great joy in teaching and mentoring students and guiding them through life. Her goal is to have students flourish personally and professionally in school so they may transition into successful careers after graduation. She is dedicated to fostering a positive learning environment, maximizing individual performance, and building confidence. Her primary responsibility is to teach students the basics of funeral directing and challenge them to prepare for what is to come. She also believes it is her duty to give the students the necessary tools to navigate real-world funeral scenarios, pass the National Board Exams, and prepare them for graduation.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Dr. Dickinson holds the 2021 Robert B. Kamm Distinguished Fellowship through Oklahoma State University. Her scholarly work and research foci include gender and women’s studies, educational leadership, and organizational theory.

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